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Old 03-05-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Default What's the deal with the 5 cylinder engine cars?

Why does vw and Volvo use 5 cylinder engines?
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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More displacement with smaller cylinders. Volvo pushed the inline 4 up to 2.4L , with front wheel drive came more room when the motor was turned sideways.
If you have ever watched a Volvo 2.4 B24 idle they shake all over the place. 5 cyl idles smoother.

Chevrolets Metro had a 3 cyl.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:01 PM
 
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the same reason every automaker that made 5 cylinder engines, they wanted the power of a six cylinder engine with the economy of the four cylinder engine.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:02 PM
 
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Why does vw and Volvo use 5 cylinder engines?
Rather ODD would you not say? Above post is the first time I've heard of them being smooth idling/running. Most reviews I have read say they are "unsmooth" .
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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the same reason every automaker that made 5 cylinder engines, they wanted the power of a six cylinder engine with the economy of the four cylinder engine.
And in GM's case, what we got instead was the power of a four cylinder with the economy of a six cylinder.
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Old 03-06-2011, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Acura also put a 5-cylinder in the Vigor (1992-94). Also some of the most reliable engines ever were the 80s Mercedes diesels... they were 3.0L 5-cylinder engines.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Why does vw and Volvo use 5 cylinder engines?
Why not?

The main purpose of a 5-cylinder is to provide more power/torque than a 4-cylinder with better fuel economy than a V6, essentially splitting the difference.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Rather ODD would you not say? Above post is the first time I've heard of them being smooth idling/running. Most reviews I have read say they are "unsmooth" .
I had an Audi 5000 with a 5-cylinder. It didn't idle particularly smoothly but it ran pretty smoothly. Obviously it's not a naturally balanced engine but IMO NVH is easier to manage on a 5-cylinder than an inline 4. It was a little buzzy but it ran more smoothly than any 4-cylinder I've ever owned except the Subaru.
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Old 03-06-2011, 10:50 PM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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I once almost purchased a 1986 Volvo 740 series back in the late 1990s... strange thing was that I THOUGHT it had a 5-cylinder diesel, but soon found out it was an inline 6-cylinder diesel... pretty rare I think, as I had not seen many equipped, but what really flipped me out is that it was a Volkswagen engine... come to find out that was factory! Probably was a good car, I didnt buy it, always wish I had of.

Upon research, discovered that Volvo had this VW engine...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_D24_engine
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Old 03-06-2011, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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Volvo used the VW 6 banger diesel in the 240 series as well. Actually a VW truck motor.
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